Trying out the Google Wifi Mesh network

Like many people I’m using Apple’s Airport base stations (I’m running two of them) in my home to provide wireless coverage. Again, like many people covering all the areas that I need a signal has proven to be difficult, so I started looking for solutions—the one I’m considering strongly is Google Wifi.

Here are the key points that Google promises for its router:

  • A new type of connected system that replaces your router for seamless Wi-Fi coverage throughout your home, helping eliminate dead zones and buffering
  • Network Assist technology keeps your connection fast by always selecting the clearest channel and fastest band for your devices
  • A simple app gets you set up quickly and allows you to see what’s connected, prioritize devices, and pause the Wi-Fi on kids’ devices
  • A single Wi-Fi point covers up to 1,500 sq. ft., a set of three covers homes up to 4,500 sq. ft. Wi-Fi points work together so you can add more if you need additional coverage
  • 24/7 phone support from Google; 1-year warranty

I’ll be honest, I’m skeptical. However, I was speaking with a friend last night about these routers and he said they were amazing. He also said setup was really easy with the iOS app—the network was up and running in no time. Basically, plug it in, connect to the app and he was done.

He has a large home and recently replaced his Airports with Google Wifi. He purchased the 3-pack, which is much more than what I would need, but he said it covers his entire house with fast, reliable speeds.

That’s the key for me—fast, reliable speeds throughout the entire property. I want to be able to have the fastest speeds possible wherever I am—right now I don’t have that. If I go outside or a room farthest away from the routers, my speeds drop dramatically and sometimes it will disconnect completely.

There are other mesh network options available from a variety of companies, like the Eero, and Orbi, but they are much more expensive.

I’m trying to balance the cost with something that will give me the fastest connection I can get. Right now, that seems to be Google Wifi.

I’ll keep you up-to-date on how I make out with it.